Karl Bryant, Ph.D. (University of California-Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Sociology. His research is in the overlapping areas of gender, sexuality, childhood studies, science studies, and the sociology of knowledge. His has published work in Deviant Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Sexualities, and Sexuality Research & Social Policy. He is currently completing a history of the psychiatric diagnosis “Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood,” and has begun a related project studying the scientific wing of “Ex-Gay” movements in the US. In addition, he is the co-editor of a special volume of the journal Sexualities on “Retheorizing Homophobias.” Professor Bryant is also part of an international research team studying societal impacts of emerging nanotechnologies, with a focus on expert and lay risk perception as well as the processes and possibilities for upstream public deliberation. He teaches courses in both Women’s Studies and Sociology on sexuality, gender, queer studies, health, and social inequalities.
Office: SOS 003
Phone: (845) 257-2978
Office: JFT 410
Phone: (845) 257-2730
Professor Heather Hewett will be on sabbatical for Fall 2013 returning Spring 2014.
Heather Hewett, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the Coordinator of Women’s Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. A writer and cultural critic, Professor Hewett teaches undergraduate courses on postcolonial literatures in the English department and introductory Women’s Studies and transnational feminisms in the Women’s Studies Program. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a minor in Feminist Cultural Studies and a Certificate in African Studies. She joined the faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 2005.
Professor Hewett’s research examines the intersection(s) of gender, narrative, and globalization, with special interests in feminism, motherhood, the media, and autobiographical writing. Her work has been published in journals such as MELUS, English in Africa, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The Scholar and Feminist Online, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering and two edited collections, Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction and Mothering in the Third Wave: Contemporary Feminist Journeys. In addition, she has written essays and reviews for numerous mainstream and feminist publications.
Office: JFT 806
Phone: (845) 257-2378
Meg D. O'Sullivan
Office: SOS 004
Phone: (845) 257-2977
Phone: (845) 257-2975
Peri L. Rainbow is a noted clinician and educator with over 20 years of experience in the field of psychological trauma. She currently provides clinical supervision, psychotherapy, and consultation to individuals and agencies throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State. She is the former director of sexual assault services at Bard College, Annandale, NY, and has been a member of the faculty of the State University, College at New Paltz since 1991 teaching courses in the Women's Studies Program, the Psychology Department, and the Department of Humanistic/Multicultural Education.
Peri is the author of "Making Sense of the Experience of Incest Survivors" in Women: Images and Realities, A Multicultural Anthology, second, third, & fourth editions (Mayfield Publishing Co., 1999, McGraw Hill, 2002, 2003, 2007), and is co-author of The Trauma Safety Drop-In Group, A Clinical Model of Group Treatment for Survivors of Trauma (NYSOMH 1998).
She has received recognition for her pioneering work in the treatment of post traumatic stress and was the first part-time faculty member to be recognized as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz. Peri is listed in the 2002 edition of Who's Who of American Teachers. She is the former co-chair of the Ulster County Sexual Assault Task Force and the Dutchess County Task Force against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
Phone: (845) 257-2976
Kathy Sarno received her BA from Colgate University, with a major in Philosophy and Religion, and a minor in Women's Studies. She received her MA in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been teaching in the Women's Studies Program since 1991.
Amy Kate Silvestro
Phone: (845) 257-2976
Amy Kate Silvestro, CSW A social worker and therapist for over 15 years, Amy trained in feminist therapy while at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work has concentrated chiefly on violence against women. Professionally she has been working with women and children who have been sexually abused and served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Amy has a full time position working with at-risk teens at a local Alternative School where she developed the "Bridge Program" in partnership with the Women's Studies Program. For eight years students at risk of dropping out of high school have had the opportunity to participate in Women: Images and Realities". It has been a powerful experience for the high-schoolers and their college classmates. Amy is dedicated to engaging students about issues related to rape and violence against women at SUNY New Paltz.
Office: SOS 002
Phone: (845) 257-2798